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The Danger of the single story

February 26, 2010

She’s an amazingly beautiful and inspiring speaker I’m in awe of the messageand can’t think of anything else to contribute.

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Tupac Interview 1998

December 14, 2009

I was actually suprised to see this side of Tupac when I first saw this footage but it also made me feel happy that someone who could appear to be sensitive & fragile could turn into such a Strong Revolutionnary Icon.

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Tiger Wood & Jokes

December 6, 2009

Tiger Woods is newsworthy these days as you might have guessed, even “jokes about Tiger Woods” made a hit on search engines… here’s a few ones

Tiger now has 6 Girlfriends and a 1 Wife… All he needs now is 11 more and he will have his own Golf Course.

Elin Woods may yet be charged with domestic violence.  However, in her defense, it is a Scandinavian tradition to go clubbing on Thanksgiving.

Tiger Wood, or Tiger wouldn’t: that is the question.

Tiger Woods got an offer to star in the new Wayans Brothers sequel called   ” White Chicks 2 ”

The first three things Tiger plans to give up in 2010 are : Cadillacs , Telephone messages, and Swedish Blondes .

Dailycomedy.com

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The People Speak

November 20, 2009
Lupe Fiasco & Michael Ealy
NYC Premiere Of ‘The People Speak’ backstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 19, 2009

The film brings together images, music and narration with re-creations of American moments of resistance. There’s the Declaration of Independence; speeches by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Public Enemy; and a call to action by Cindy Sheehan among many others.

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The Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco speaks

November 14, 2009
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 - Day 3

Lupe Fiasco has been on a tear lately.  Once staunchly on the wrong side of leaks and giveaways, the Chicago emcee who once printed a list of reasons why he’s upset with the current leak-heavy music scene has been releasing a tirade of freestyles via blogs and websites.  The reason for Lupe’s surge in activity can be traced to MTV’s Hottest Emcees list of 2009, and Cornell Westside’s (as he’s been dubbed) absence from the list. But for Lupe, inclusion on MTV’s list wasn’t just about ego or the current standing of Lupe Fiaso. As he told us during an exclusive interview,

“For me, another part was ‘I gotta make that list because the kids have to see that you don’t have to do this to be successful.’ If you look at it and 90% of it is negative, it’s like we gotta have something positive on the list.  That’s not taking shots at anybody.  All those people are my homeboys, but if we come down to the nitty gritty and what’s effecting the streets, you got kids getting beat to death in the streets. You really have to take the responsibility to step up and be like, ‘I have to show my success.  I have to work this hard.  I have to be to be looked at as this top ranked dude and top ranked Emcee.  It’s not because I want the glory and fame, but so kids can have a different role model or choice of role model.’  If we’re excluded from that, the top pop culture thing for Hip Hop is devoid of anything positive, oh naw, we got to go to work.  The conscious backpackers have to go to the club and go to work.”

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Media Business ⇒ A Revolutionary Opportunity

November 12, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle Shifts To Glossy Look

It’s perfect time, the newspaper industry is in real trouble – a bunch are up for sale or miring chap 11 (bankruptcy). While Wall Street is remotely eyeing Washington for a cash deal, the medias business’ catastrophe is alone with nothing left but creative minds figuring out how they can reinvent themselves and dump some juicy news contents wherever, whenever we want. In case you missed the train , we are in the midst of real revolutionary times, a lot of things -Wall street’s financial “Coup d’Etat “, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan- are happening around the world, which itself have been unthinkable one or two years ago.

Mario Garcia, The newspaper’s design goddess predicts that soon, a full media’s cadaver list as the market’s death kiss already brought out of whack The Rocky Mountain, The Seattle’s Sentinel and the San Francisco Chronicles will appear. A journalist by training, Mario has designed or redesigned over 547 newspapers during the past 40 years. He doesn’t only know how to stay fresh and edgy but also gives the most demanded tip in the business: staying healthy. In theses fantastic times for medias entrepreneurs, he urges us to rethink the way we operate and embrace news technologies. An openness that may lead us to do innovative products, hit the packs….

Here’s a hint of the fittest media business strategy for the next decade


Monday to Friday
: online contents & mobile news delivery would be the king
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John Legend on the Election of Obama

November 10, 2009
Premiere of Overture Films' "Capitalism: A Love Story" - After Party

Newsweek featured a list of the top ten most importants dates on its website Mario Bartorimo, San Francisco Mayor, Condeliza Rice, everyone has an opinion on the matter.For John Legend its November the 4th, the day when Obama was elected, here’s his take on the subject :

Deep down, I knew it would happen. I spent the day excited, optimistic, and a little anxious. And then, as my band and I watched the results come in, President Obama’s victory was announced and the champagne flowed. Tears flowed too, of happiness, relief, ecstasy, pride. I was immensely proud to be American. Proud that Americans had united in a way I had never experienced. We had come together after 9/11, of course, but bonding optimistically over our future was a lot better than doing so over grief and shock. On Nov. 4, Americans reached out, grabbed each others’ hands and became stronger. Instead of grieving hugs, we exchanged jubilant high fives. Our country voted for change. Big change. We voted for a major cultural shift that would realign our country with the times we lived in—to fundamentally transform our approach to health care, education, and international relations. We had dealt a massive blow to cynicism and created a future that looked brighter than our past. Earlier limits on the dreams of American kids were blown away. Older black men and women who lived through decades of the struggle for civil rights saw a previously unimaginable dream come true. This time we were all hopeful, knowing that America would never be the same; it would be better. The era of fear was over and the era of hope had begun.

Legend is a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Follow him on Twitter.
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Tuesday News Round Up

November 10, 2009
1257782841_gosselin-johnston-290credit : New York Daily News

Our  favorites two famewhores who will use anything in their obsession for attention explained us that they were totally made for each other.Jon Gosselin and Levi Johnston appeared together in Times Square in NYC on Sunday. Levi was in town for his Playgirl shoot when he says he ran into Gosselin, who was in town filming commercials. The two posed for photos in near-identical pea coats. “You never know when celebrities turn up,” one onlooker marveled.We might accidentally see in horror and amazement Jon Gosselin showing it all before the camera for the next Playgirl issue ;a prerequisite for landing a scary movie gig in Hollywood.

Rupert Murdoch says he wants one of his children to succeed him at News Corp. “I am sure one of them will emerge,” he says. “It would be nice.” His family, with about 40% of the voting rights, will “have a lot of say.” Murdoch, 78, adds that he will step down “when I start to lose it.”Meanwhile he told Sky News interviewer David Speers that he will remove his news sites — The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Times of London and many more — from Google’s search index.Watch the interview

AOL is appointing Susan Lyne, the former CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, to its board of directors, as the online company continues to put its leadership together ahead of its spinoff from Time Warner. The spinoff is still expected before year-end.

Village Voice Media, the publisher of 14 local U.S. publications, including the 54-year-old Village Voice, is focusing on growth in Internet advertising, with its recently launched Voice Local Network. The Internet side of the business is up 75% from last year.

And Gabourey Sidibe a plus-size, African-American actress with less-than-perfect features – fits no casting agents definition of a leading lady. But she is not deterred. I never wanted to be an actress, said Sidibe, 24, the star of the just-released Precious, whose understated performance as an abused, 350-lb, illiterate teenager has garnered critical acclaim and unexpectedly catapulted her onto the shortlist of potential Oscar nominees

Andre Agassi is primarily concerned with Andre Agassi, according to a New York Times review of his ghostwritten autobiography Open. Reviewer Janet Maslinwrites that Agassi’s interests do not extend far “beyond tennis, more tennis, the misery of tennis, the way sportswriters misunderstand tennis and the irritating celebrity that tennis stardom confers.”

Other admissions from the book: Agassi took crystal meth in 1997, the worst year of his career; he’s lied about his love of tennis to interviewers over the years; and his frosted mullets may have included portions of toupee. Maslin calls the book “anticlimactic” but says it is saved by “somebody on the memoir team” with “great gifts for heart-tugging drama.

source: LevineBreakingNews
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1,000 dominoes in Berlin

November 8, 2009
Preparation For Germany's Fall of the Berlin Wall Celebrations

 

Thousands of curious Berliners lined the centre of the German capital Saturday to admire over 1,000 giant polystyrene dominos set to topple Monday, marking 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down.

“It’s really very beautiful, it’s a terrific idea”, enthused 74-year-old Berlin resident Barbara Graff, taking photos of the 2.5 metre-high coloured dominos.

“November 9, 1989? Of course I remember! That night I went to the Ku’damm (the main shopping artery in West Berlin), and I distributed money to the people arriving en masse from the East.”

Jorg Schmidt, 45 years-old, admired “the diversity and expressive power” of the dominos, which were decorated by artists and cultural institutes, but also Berlin schoolchildren and teenagers.

“This proves that people reflected on what reunification represents,” said the civil servant who grew up in the East,”and that’s very good because today young people don’t know anything about all of this.”

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Ledger-Directed Rap Video Debuts

October 31, 2009

Australian rapper N’fa Forster-Jones, a childhood friend of the late actor’s, posted the video along with a behind-the-scenes look at the project, the AP reports. “Every day I count my blessings that I got to have him direct this piece of art,” says Forster-Jones, who showed the video at the Rome Film Festival.

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